Anyhow, many of these popular sites have posts which regularly attract comments well into double figures and sometimes hundreds. When I read through the comments though, the quality of the original post is not always maintained. Why is that?
It’s not that the comments are of poor quality, although some are, but it’s more a problem with people missing the point or wandering away from it. I write a very minor blog and get good relevant comments, but many big blogs attract some strange stuff indeed.
It seems to me that blog posts have to be taken as a moment in time, a current standpoints on an issue, range of issues, event or whatever. After all, a blog post is closer to a first draft than a first edition. It is always possible, and I do mean always, to add something worthwhile or advocate some other standpoint and many comments do exactly that - of course they do.
Fine – no problem.
But then the original blog writer or another commenter feels they have to jump in with both feet to refute something they don't like. Then another commenter jumps in – then another. And so on and so on. So we get comments about comments about comments which quickly become quite heated – but why?
Why indeed. To my mind blog posts and comments should be seen as exploratory – nothing more. Offerings if you like but not to be taken too far. That can come later – in another post and with luck we’ll get somewhere.
Even so, I enjoy the blogging game, particularly the comments and disagreements. It all tells you something if you stand back and allow it to without feeling that corrosive need to take your own views too seriously.